Iron County Community Fisheries
Three waters in Iron County are managed as community fisheries:
Parowan Pond: Located at 400 W. 100 N. in Parowan, this pond is managed cooperatively by the city of Parowan, the Parowan Heritage Foundation, the Utah Division Wildlife Resources and Parowan High School. Catchable-sized rainbow trout are stocked in the spring and fall, and channel catfish are stocked in the summer. Catfish are hard to come by in southwest Utah, so Parowan Pond is very popular and experiences a high amount of pressure in the summer. A small nature center is also located at the pond. Disabled anglers will find some access on the gently sloping dirt banks.
Woods Ranch Pond: Located in Cedar Canyon at Iron County's Woods Ranch Park. To access the pond, drive 10 miles east of Cedar City on Highway 14. Though the pond is not in Cedar City, it is still managed as a community fishery because of its proximity. Catchable-sized rainbow trout are stocked in the summer. Though there are no restrictions on angler age at Woods Ranch Pond, adult anglers are encouraged to defer to kids.
Leigh Hill Reservoir: This is a new 8-acre irrigation storage reservoir in Cedar City that opens to the public on July 1, 2010. The reservoir is located across the street from Cedar Middle School, on top of Leigh Hill. This site is also the location of Cedar City's aquatic center and baseball fields. Upon opening, the reservoir will have a ramp for hand-launching small boats, canoes, and rafts. Pavilions, restrooms, paved parking, fish-cleaning station and a fishing pier are planned for the future. Much of the shoreline is surrounded by a rip-rap dike with a section of sandy beach. Rainbows are stocked in spring and fall, and channel catfish are stocked in the summer. In addition, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and bluegill have been introduced to establish self-sustaining populations and provide additional fishing opportunities.
Latest fishing report
Rainbow trout are being stocked this week at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond. Brood brown trout are also being stocked in Leigh Hill. Wipers were stocked in Leigh Hill in August. These fish should provide some exciting action, and they're tasty to eat too. Try spinners, jigs, nightcrawlers or anchovies. Lures that imitate small bluegill may also be effective, as that will be their primary food source. (Last updated 10-27-2016)
- Location: Parowan, Cedar Canyon, Cedar City
- Directions: Multiple ponds, see below
- Type: Community Fishing
- Size: 1 to 8 acres
- Elevation: 6,000 to 8,200 feet
- Hours: No restrictions
- Likely catch: Rainbow Trout
- Possible catch: Bluegill sunfish, Channel catfish, Largemouth bass
- Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
- Site amenities: See the descriptions below
- Handicap access: See the descriptions below